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1768: Boom Town
1868: Ghost Town
1968: New Town
A documentary by Philip Donnellan.
This film takes us into the problems and frustrations of beginning a new town-and into the lives of the population, new and old.
The Hirsts and their two children move from an estate in Birmingham to Dawley, Shropshire. They are in at the start of a new scene in the tangled drama of Dawley. In 1709 a Quaker named Darby discovered how to smelt iron with coke: the Revolution that started in Shropshire swamped the world. But when the iron and coal there were exhausted the people moved on into Birmingham and the Black Country. Now the Planners are inviting them to go back.
But will they want to go? And how will the Planners cope with this new Revolution?
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